anything for cricket

A quick recap since my last posting:

* Repeated the surface tension experiment on ethoquad for the 4th time........showed the results to Manglik, he asked a few questions and i was at sea...... got the order to repeat it again (moral: Never $#!~ if u dont have enough toilet paper)........seems its gonna take me ages to complete it!
* Anand got a job in Chennai.....ABM AMRO (or some name of tat sort........whatever!).........glad tat lady luck has smiled,at last!
* Met old friend Edwin in orkut........was a sort of surprise.......long live Orkut!
* Atteneded the UC cricket team selection and was shortlisted!!!!!!!!!

Aur,aagay dhekhiye.............

About 20 of us where shortlisted for the UC cricket club.Though i performed pathetically in the practice match held in the soccor ground (gave away 14 runs in 1 over in a 16 over game) i was (for my own surprise) was retained in the list. When raghav received mailregaring the practice which i didnt, i presumed tat "jisse darr te the, wohi baath ho gayi"........but still i have the shamelessness to go to see how they practiced. Another surprise awaited me there when tejas asked me to join the fielding practice.then i came to know tat it was by some mistake tat i didnt get the mail.......a new aura of energy surrounded Aravind since then!........practice with stictch ball was new for me,though the wet ball really hurt my hands,i enjoyed it.........ANYTHING FOR CRICKET!
we where taken to crieckt ground abt 40 mins drive from UC...........and for the first time in my life i was playing with real cricketing apparals.........stitch ball,pads,gloves,AP, thigh pads,arm guard,helmet!.........a sort of childhood 'dream-come-true' for me.Thos ewho know me personnaly can understand how ecstatic i wud have been, coz even since a boy cricket has been a passion of me and playing with all the proper cricketing gears and playing a serious match for a team was my dreams. when i grew up,with maturity,i relaized tat playing for ateam may be out of question for me [donno y,where ever i go, i am always along with much superior cricketers than me :( ].so when chandan gave me the red ball........i was elated to another level of 'eternal bliss'.
As usual,started of with many full tosses and 'down the leg sides',soon i got the touch. I was much much better tha i thought i wud be!!!!.......hit the stumps 9 times all together (seems i was the one who bowled the batsmen the most no. of times tat day, thanks to swapnil and chandan, who made me look more venomous than i actually was!)......but my favorate was the one ball i bowled to pitched on the middle and left him,he almost went for the shot,then at lats moment realized tat it was too good a delivery to be hit.......(am not saying coz i bowled it),but it was "peach of a delivery"(credit to niranjan also, for being sensible enough not to attempt a shot!).
at the end of the day,a good days work (i am not mentioning anything abt my batting,coz, as expected(even by me),i struggled even with mild off spin of madhu and rahul.,but ..never mind........i never had the pretension tat i am great with the bat!
sprained my right knee after the match.....i am 2 days into the week and still having trouble straightening the leg........never mind........ANYTHING FOR CRICKET!
we have to pay $50 as membershif fee.......its a huge amount,but just the pleasure of being able to play in the ground the real cricket makes me forget abt the value of my hard earned money,(its worth my one whole days' work), all my stinginess and all my obligations......ANYTHING FOR CRICKET!
we have our next fielding practice on wednesday and ground practice n next! cant wait until friday evening to run on to the ground!!!!!..yeah i know a danger in the form of boiling waits me on friday itself...........but the sheer thought of cricket just erases every trace of studies from my mind...........ANYTHING FOR CRICKET!